Trump, Obama 90 Minute Meeting Was Supposed to be 15 Minutes

President Obama hosted President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, along with his staff and their administration counterparts Thursday in a historic meeting between the two former adversaries.

While the president met with Trump, First Lady Michelle Obama was busy hosting the future First Lady Melania Trump in the residence portion of the White House.

One very interesting tidbit is that Trump was accompanied by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Could Kushner be up for the top staff job in the west wing?

Trump has not announced his White House staff appointments, although Corey Lewandowski is  pushing hard for the chief of staff job. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is also in the running, according to a Washington Post report.

During the 90 minute meeting, President Obama and Trump discussed a variety of issues. From Fox News:

President Obama tells reporters after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump they had an “excellent” and “wide-ranging” conversation.

“We talked about foreign policy, we talked about domestic policy,” he said.

Obama said it’s important to “come together” to face common challenges.

Trump said they were only planning to meet briefly but met for an hour-and-a-half and it could have gone longer.

“I very much look forward to dealing with the president,” Trump said. He said they had never met before today.

A meeting that went over an hour longer than scheduled could indicate that the two men enjoyed each other’s company–or at least were able to establish a rapport–more than their campaign rhetoric would suggest.

Trump spent 16 months on the campaign trail calling Obama “a disaster” and the president responded by categorically calling Trump unfit for office. But now the two, and their administrations, will need to work together to ensure a smooth transition.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Vice President Biden. Both Pence and Trump will be meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan today. Pence will also meet with Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It is unclear whether Trump will attend that meeting.

So far, so good.

Both CNN and Fox News commentators remarked that Trump’s body language betrayed his sense of a bit of humbling and awe at the Oval Office surroundings. I’m just glad that the vitriol is over, and we can get into the business of moving toward a new administration.

There will be plenty of time to hurl criticism and invective. But for now, like most Americans, I’m just tired of the campaign and glad it’s done. Hopefully, the will of those college students who took time off from their studies to aimlessly wander the streets and chant for or against things about which they know precisely nothing will fade soon.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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